I need Stack Overflow for working purposes, so I automatically see every now and then the HNQ's.

In my spare time I'm watching Game of Thrones and not past season 6 yet.

Since weekly the episodes of season 7 get published, the HNQ just get flooded with GoT questions every Tuesday. Even the titles that carefully are phrased not to spoil leak hints I simply would like to not have yet. Not to mention the titles that get HNQ before spoilers got removed from their titles.

For me it isn't feeling fair, having a free time activity I enjoy, getting spoiled by the fact that I have to use SO on work.

So is there anything I can do to prevent this? Or is there a way maybe even moderators could prevent this?

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    Do you use a browser that supports user scripts? You could try putting document.getElementById("hot-network-questions").style.display="none"; into one.
    – PeterJ
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 9:59
  • @PeterJ yeah I am using that user script for more than a month. But slight differences are there Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 10:01
  • @PeterJ: I'll try and check it out. but for now lets assume I don't.
    – Zaibis
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 10:04
  • In case if you want to filter specific words from specific site, you can try Jeremy Banks's chrome extension.
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 10:20

2 Answers 2


As far as I know, there is no method that allows you to turn of it.

But you can try it with a User Script.

Since you said that you are using Stack Overflow only, I am posting a User Script that works only for Stack Overflow

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Remove HNQ
// @namespace    https://sagarvd01.github.io/
// @version      1
// @description  Remove the HNQ part from the Stack Exchange sites
// @author       Sagar V
// @match        https://stackoverflow.com/*
// @run-at       document-end
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
    'use strict';

You need a browser that support userscript and some plugin like Tapermonkey or greasemonkey to run userscripts.

The above userscript will remove the HNQ section when the page loaded.

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You can enable HNQ by disabling this userscript.

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If you want to enable this in other network sites too,

add the param

// @match        https://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @match        https://*.serverfault.com/*
// @match        https://*.superuser.com/*
// @match        https://*.askubuntu.com/*

add the full custom domains (with wildcards, so meta sites are included, too)

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    To further refine it - you can hide only HNQ from certain sites. For example: $("#hot-network-questions a[href*='movies.stackexchange']").parent().hide()
    – ert
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 5:00

If you use Adblock Plus or uBlock Origin, you can hide the Hot Network Posts section by creating a filter for *.stackexchange.com###hot-network-questions

Blocking ###hot-network-questions

I tried using this method to block specific questions, but unfortunately the random order of Hot Network Questions makes this impossible.

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